Oh yeah, there’s a bloody Forest match tomorrow isn’t there? I can’t say I feel massively motivated to write this, or indeed muster much excitement about the dreary trudge to the City Ground to see what nature of ‘entertainment’ the boys can serve up for us. Still negative and bitter? Oh yes! I’m looking for serious improvements from the men in Red tomorrow – some glimmer that the players might actually give a shit about the club.
In Millwall we faced a side who didn’t really need points as their survival is assured, and playoffs out of reach – and we had the floor wiped with us, in Rotherham we face a team scrapping desperately for their status as a League One team. Oh dear. Rotherham looked to have overcome their 10 point penalty earlier in the season, before losing Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson in the transfer window – now they’re very much ensconced in the relegation zone – and I expect them to stay there.
Ultimately these January dealings cost Alan Knill his job, and he’s been replaced by Mark Robins – the former United hitman who famously was alleged to have kept Sir Alex Ferguson in his job when he scored against us at the City Ground way back in 1990. He’s had a decent start by picking up three points in the Millers last game by picking up three points at home to the Pikeys, despite “a moment of brilliance” from on loan Felix Bastians who registered his first goal for the Gills – hopefully he can do the same against Bristol tomorrow!
On a more serious note, Rotherham are on a Win-Lose-Win-Lose cycle that has stretched for 8 games – and the next result due to them is a defeat. That bodes well! Typically their away record isn’t brilliant, with a few exceptions. We, of course, are no games unbeaten thanks to the pointless trip to Millwall to watch eleven overpaid buggers roll over and die – although prior to that we hadn’t lost in four, since the unexpected humbling at the City Ground by a Yorkshire team who usually play in red… oh dear!
In terms of injuries, Agogo and Sammy remain sidelined, unsurprisingly – and Lewis will face a late fitness test. Former Reds Eugen Bopp and Gregor Robertson are both out of contention for the Millers with injuries, so at least the “former player factor” won’t be making an unwelcome reappearance this Easter! Ultimately, we look too strong for the Millers, but how many times have we said that before? I refuse to make prediction – it’s a must win game for both teams for different reasons, and I suppose it comes down to who wants it more – which is what worries me!